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Families in need receive food, a place to stay

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Philanthropic organizations are hard at work making life easier for people in the valley.

Organizers of a valley charity say more than 30 percent of children in the valley live in poverty. That's more than 390,000 kids.

The group Feed the Children is determined to help them out. 800 people received boxes of food and other essentials at Saint Vincent De Paul Wednesday.

The idea is to help families avoid choosing between paying bills or putting food on the table.

"A lot of these families are working class, they're working, they're going to work every day and they can't make ends meet and so when we give them what we can, it's just the appreciation," says Aaron Wynn of Feed the Children.

Valley families got selected by Saint Vincent De Paul. Each received a 25-pound box of food, bottled water, and a box of personal care items.

Also Wednesday was a dedication ceremony for a "Home Away From Home" for children battling life-threatening illnesses.

Plans are underway to build a new Ronald McDonald House on the campus of Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa.

Families who travel to the valley will be able to stay in this place when a young family member is receiving treatment for a serious illness.

"This will be our third Ronald McDonald house in the Valley and we'll be able to serve the children from Cardon Children's Center which has always been a great need," says Nancy Roach, executive director of Ronald McDonald Charities.

Families can stay anywhere from a night to a whole year.

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